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The Awesome Power of Prayer

Prayer and Fasting Day

Speaker: Pastor Larry Bailey, Executive Secretary for the Northeastern Conference of Seventh-day Adventists

Scripture Reading: 2 Chronicles 7: 13, 14

Many people, including Christians, underestimate the awesome power of prayer. Do you know the ABCs of prayer? We must Ask, Believe, then Claim it. How can we utter our requests to Christ and lack the faith that he will answer our prayers?

We tend to pray when we’re in despair, but what about when things are going well. Should we not say a prayer of thanksgiving or praise?

Over the last year, we have witnessed the signs of the times. Earthquakes and tsunamis in regions we never would have imagined; the mysterious deaths of animals; the economic crisis; and civil unrest in the Middle East. Experts are trying to identify the solution to these problems, but there is no need if you will solve the underlying problem–the lack of spirituality.

In the Bible, there are stories of countless miracles that were performed by Christ throughout his ministry here on Earth. He raised Lazarus from the dead. He healed the incurable. He parted the Red Sea so that the Israelites can escape bondage from Egypt. He caused the blind to see and the lame to walk. They all had faith that he could heal them. Let us not forget the woman with the issue of blood for 12 years, who tried so many remedies, but none worked. She knew if she just touched the hem of his garment, she would be healed. What did Jesus say in Luke 8: 48? “Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace.”

If we had not relied on our own understanding, and instead turned to Christ where would we be? He knows our needs before we even tell him. We must always seek his counsel. Place your faith and trust in him first.  We may face great obstacles in our lives, but through prayer and faith, we can overcome.

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The Patience of the Saints

Speaker: Elder Arnold Burton

Scripture Reading: Revelation 14:12

“Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.” Revelation 14:12

We often experience pain in our lives and doubtfully ask questions regarding the presence of God. We find it difficult to comprehend that during our efforts towards the route of perfection comes so much imperfection. When the enemy sees that we make provisions and efforts to please the Father, he begins to make plans to attack us in any way possible.  Ephesians 6:12 states, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” This spiritual warfare does in fact exist.  As humans we cannot control the power of evil spiritual forces, however, God’s power is able to do all things! We must remain in consistent communication with the omnipotent one, in order to resist and cast out spiritual wickedness. Only believing that He can do all things will not get the job done, because faith without works is dead! (James 2:17).

“The devil has placed a virus on this earth called sin and he wants to infect us all.” (Elder Arnold Burton) He wants to hinder us from receiving the gift of salvation that Jesus, the ultimate sacrifice for our sins, has promised to those who truly love him.  But daily we must” study, pray, and testify”, building characters in Christ that will help us to stand against the wiles of the devil. (Eph. 6:11).Jesus has promised that those who endure and stand firm to the end will be saved and receive the crown of life. (Matt 24:13) The endurance may be painful, but “there is no pain or hurt that Jesus can’t feel.” The savior did it all with the help of the loving Father, and just life him, we too can overcome, for we are more than conquerors. 

The patience of the saints according to Revelations 14:12 states, “Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.” Those who endure to the end, who believe in God‘s word, in His laws, who act accordingly to righteousness of Christ, and who hold on to the faith of Jesus, which is the victory that overcomes this world, will inherit the kingdom!

Christ never promised that our Christian race wouldn’t be difficult, but he did promise that while we strive to make it to the finish line he would be our help and guide, and most importantly, that he would be waiting for us to complete the race. Although trials and tribulations that we face may seem as stumbling blocks, our all-knowing God has placed us in circumstances in our lives so that we may not learn to panic, but to endure, progress, and prevail. Though we endure, we must first finish the race. We will not earn the trophy of eternal life if our mission is not accomplished.

 “If you are faithful, what Jesus has done for you will make you say that Heaven is cheap enough! No matter how difficult your situation is right now, you must not and you cannot let go of this great faith!”

Chameleon Christians

All through my childhood years, I have always heard that we ought to be set apart and not conformed to this world. I was watching a sermon one night and the speaker used the same verse but put a twist to it that I have never heard before.

Memory Text:
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is-His good, pleasing and perfect will. – Romans 12:2

What he translate this verse to mean was that there are many Christians who have become expert chameleons. They have learned how to conform in every environment. In the club they drop it like it’s hot, then in the church they praise Him like they’re crazy. They spend the week cursing up a storm, then at church they teach that Bible school class like they’ve been at the feet of Jesus all week. It is true that we ALL have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. However, this is no excuse to live a chameleon lifestyle.

God has called us to be TRANSFORMED and not conformed. When you are transformed, you change the atmosphere wherever you go. When you are conformed, the atmosphere changes you. GET IT? As Christians, we are the salt and light of the world. We are the ones who ought to be changing the atmosphere. We ought to be the ones bringing change to the world and NOT the other way around. Whenever you get in an environment where you are being conformed by the atmosphere that is your cue to LEAVE!

The Bible calls us “[But you are a] chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” -1 Peter 2:9. Therefore, we are to act and live like we are a special people. By special I in no way mean EXCLUSIVE. Although we are called to be a separate people bringing change to the world, we are also called to be an inclusive people who share the Gospel message with all who would hear.

Today, think about your environments, your friends, job, family, etc. Are you living a transformed life or have you become a professional chameleon Christian? If so, isn’t it time you decide to change your lifestyle and live a life that glorifies God. I have always been one who tries to please everyone. One day, I woke up and realized that I was tired of trying to conform to everyone’s expectations. I realized that being ME is who God created me to be and if someone doesn’t accept me as God created me, then I am still going to love them and continue to be ME.

Resolve to be an authentic Christian WHEREVER you go. If you can’t be one where you are going, then don’t go. If you can’t be one around that person, stop hanging around them. Whatever will keep you from being true to God and inheriting the Kingdom, CUT IT (THEM) OFF. Be transformed as of today!

Prayer Prompt:
Dear Lord,

I am tired of trying to be everything to everybody. I am tired of trying to conform to all of my environments. Lord, transform me and teach me how to bring change to all of my environments. Give me the courage to walk away from the atmospheres that jeopardize my walk with you.

Thanks for reading and remember God loves you. Be blessed!

Author: Rachel Ineus

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